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Hit by a Distracted Driver? Here Is What to Do

Motorists have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. When a driver elects to engage in distracting behaviors, including texting or talking on the phone while driving, they make a conscious choice to act negligently. If this negligence leads to an accident, they may be held liable for damages.

Distracted Driving Laws

Many states have passed laws in an attempt to combat the dangers of distracted driving. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have banned drivers from hand-held cell phone use. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving.

Unfortunately, despite these provisions, many drivers continue to engage in these distracting behaviors.

Taking Action Against a Negligent Driver

Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that endangers every other motorist and pedestrian on the road. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, taking the following measures can help you hold them accountable for their actions:

  • Obtain the distracted driver’s cell phone records. An experienced personal injury attorney can subpoena the Defendant’s cell phone records. This will allow the lawyers to examine when the driver was texting or talking on the phone.

  • Collect witnesses’ testimony. It is in your best interest to collect the contact information and testimony from any witnesses at the accident scene. They may be able to support your case that the other driver was distracted before the accident.

  • Obtain the police report. A police officer’s testimony or report will help support your claim that the accident was caused by a distracted driver.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, our Washington D.C. attorneys are here to help. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, we fight relentlessly on behalf of victims who have been adversely affected by distracted drivers.

Contact us today at (202) 644-8303 to learn how we can help you.